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Telehealth Serves America: Part 1
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Telehealth Serves America: Part 1

Health issues do not discriminate, so why should your health care? Telehealth is changing the game all over the country, improving healthcare for all. Many Americans live with physical and mental disorders that go untreated and undiagnosed due to lack of care. For many people who were previously unable – or unlikely- to seek medical...

Encounter Featured in “2019 Best Tech Startups in Omaha”
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Encounter Featured in “2019 Best Tech Startups in Omaha”

Encounter Telehealth was featured for the second year in a row in the Tech Tribune’s “Best Tech Startups in Omaha,” based on the evaluation criteria of revenue potential, leadership team, brand traction, and competitive landscape.   In simpler terms, Encounter fills a specific void in the market by offering mental health services to seniors in nursing...

Telehealth Changes Could Help Rural Seniors Age in Place
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Telehealth Changes Could Help Rural Seniors Age in Place

“Telemedicine providers can’t catch senior citizens when they fall. But health services delivered over broadband can make it possible for seniors to live independently for longer periods of time.”   Telehealth can allow seniors to stay in their homes longer through general health services, mental health services, and home health care. Broadband and Medicare reimbursement...

Challenges, Risks and Solutions for Critical Access Hospitals
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Challenges, Risks and Solutions for Critical Access Hospitals

Over 7% of care offered at critical access hospitals (CAHs) is uncompensated, compared to 5% at urban hospitals. In fact, more than 40% of rural hospitals report an operating loss, particularly in the South. More than 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010.   Rural areas tend to have higher rates of poverty, less health insurance...

Chatanooga Catches the Telehealth Bug
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Chatanooga Catches the Telehealth Bug

“Chattanooga, Tenn.’s investment in community broadband allows the city to bring more than just fast Internet browsing to citizens.”   “One prospect’s connection was so poor the audio was always out of sync. It was a group of 15 facilities and we weren’t able to connect with any of them. I’m sure all of those...

Collaboration With Encounter Helps Maintain Compliance and Quality Improvement
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Collaboration With Encounter Helps Maintain Compliance and Quality Improvement

Unnecessary Medications (survey tag F329) is a top ten regulatory citation in skilled nursing facilities. With antipsychotic use still high, pressure is on facilities to reduce their medications, particularly psychotropic medications.   One solution is to partner with a psychiatric provider to monitor medications and reduce behaviors. Encounter’s providers specialize in medication management and continuously...

Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities

We found Dr. Robert Figlerski’s list of challenges and strategies in treating psychiatric patients in a long-term care setting, originally published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, enlightening.   Challenges: Demographic shifts—when staff training doesn’t keep up with patient needs. Confusion over how to properly use psychotropic medications (such as antipsychotics.) Confusion and misinformation about non-drug...

6 Common Telehealth Myths
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6 Common Telehealth Myths

Telehealth has grown rapidly over the past few years. 76% of health systems are expected to have implemented telehealth by the end of 2018, according to a survey held by Teladoc.   However, many misconceptions have grown up around telehealth. In a February 26 webcast, Roy Schoenberg, MD, president, CEO and co-founder of American Well,...

Merrymakers Association: Serving Omaha Nursing Home Residents for 32 Years
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Merrymakers Association: Serving Omaha Nursing Home Residents for 32 Years

A group of performers and musicians enters a nursing home, often greeting residents individually, by name. When they start to play, the effect is transformative. Some clap their hands. Others sing along. Everyone is moved.   The performance has benefits even after performers leave—social interaction increases, memories of the past are brought back to active...

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Kentucky Law Increases Telehealth Access for Medicaid Recipients

The Kentucky State Senate passed SB 112 February 26 and was recently signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin; this bill will allow doctors anywhere in the world to see patients in Kentucky, as long as the doctor is licensed in Kentucky.   This bill was designed to encourage adoption of telehealth technologies, particularly for...

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